"Joint Expedition: Information Security and Records Management - Discovering and Mapping the Unknown Together"
April 4, 2024


CREDITS: Preapproved for 1.0 ARC (Academy of Certified Archivists), 1.0 CEU (ARMA International) and 1.0 Study Hour (GARA Certificate Program)
GARA CERTIFICATE CORE COMPETENCY AREAS: "Records and Information Management Basics" OR "Electronic Records and Information Management"
DURATION: 60 Minutes
OVERVIEW: In this webinar, the presenter will provide an overview of a joint Information Security and Records Management inventory project they are undertaking at the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. This project is an extensive effort to identify and document where information is located in their agency, along with its retention requirements, privacy/data classifications, essential/vital records and disaster recovery needs, and security requirements.
Their joint project is a prime example of how records management, information security, and IT, need to work together in order to fully understand and grapple with the complete universe of information within their organization, while still accomplishing their own individual responsibilities around information control.
While the project began as a Records Management effort, it quickly became apparent that Information Security could add valuable insight and information to the inventory, and, in turn, could benefit from the information Records Management was gathering. The presenter will discuss the project background and how it morphed into the encompassing scope it has now, their approach and lessons learned, the intended outcome(s), and the overlap between information security and records management goals.
PRESENTER: Rachel Thompson, Records Manager, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services


Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is a Certified Records Manager who graduated from Western Washington University with a master’s degree in History, Archives and Records Management in 2011. Since then, she’s been in records management primarily in the public sector in Washington State (where she grew up). Currently, Rachel is the Records Manager for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. Rachel enjoys getting nerdy about records and information management, solving puzzles of all sorts, and reading. She lives in beautiful Bellingham, Washington with her partner.